Posts Tagged ‘Title V’

Block Grants Improve Arizona’s Quality of Life

June 17th, 2013

You might have read something I wrote called, “Title This, Title That” where I wrote about Title V, Title XIX and Title XXI… three programs you hear quite a bit about because they provide funding to help us do our work.  The Title V program is the one that helps the work we do with maternal and child health prevention programs.  “Title V” is the shortcut way of talking about maternal and child health because it’s Title V of the Social Security Act.  Our Bureau of Women’s & Children’s Health and our Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs execute the Title V program in Arizona. 

Title V programs are a little different than the other funding.  We get the money through Block Grants.  Each state decides its own priorities based on the needs of that state.  In Arizona we choose our priorities by asking you what we need to improve in the next 5 years.  Not too long ago, we completed the process and set the priorities for maternal and child health including reducing teen pregnancy, reducing the rate of injuries in our state and reducing obesity.  You can read the whole list online, but there are many that overlap with our strategic map.  Setting priorities for the block grant is an ongoing process and we are working on the next block grant application right now.  We’d love to hear your comments.

Maternal & Child Health’s Milestone Birthday

May 6th, 2011

Title V of the Social Security Act is the longest-standing public health legislation in America.  Over the past 75 years, the Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant has supported a number of efforts in Arizona which have contributed to improved immunization rates, declining infant mortality and more comprehensive services for children with special health care needs to name a few.  In 2008, the program received the highest rating possible on the White House Office of Management & Budget’s Performance Assessment Rating Tool demonstrating efficiency and effectiveness.  You can go online to see an overview of the program in celebration of the 75th anniversary .

Title V Needs Assessment Complete!

August 4th, 2010


This week our team completed and turned in our 2010 MCH Needs Assessment for the Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant (about $7M/year).  The federal Title V program requires us conduct a comprehensive needs assessments every 5 years that identifies state maternal and child health needs and prioritizes them for strategic planning. While needs assessment is always part of an ongoing planning cycle, the 5 year needs assessment is an opportunity to formally examine trends and issues, review progress and set priorities for the next 5 years.


The statewide needs assessment identifies the need for: 1) preventive and primary care services for pregnant women, women of reproductive age and infants up to age one year; 2) preventive and primary care services for children; and 3) family-centered, community-based services for CSHCN and their families.  Thanks to all of you in our Bureau of Women’s & Children’s Health and the Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs for your hard work on this important planning document. Well done.

Title This, Title That

July 28th, 2010

You’ve most likely heard the words Title XIX, Title XXI, and Title V (aka Title 19, Title 21, Title 5) bandied about in the halls and elevators throughout your careers- but some of you might not know what those words mean.  Here’s a thumbnail sketch:

Title V

When you hear someone say “Title V”, they’re talking about our maternal; and child health prevention programs.  “Title V” is the shortcut way of talking about maternal and child health because it’s Title V of the Social Security Act. 2010 is the 75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act which established the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services program.  Our Bureau of Women’s & Children’s Health and our Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs executes the Title V program in Arizona.

Title V programs provide the infrastructure that has led to big health improvements among our most vulnerable citizens.  The primary goals are to: 1) Reduce infant mortality and disabilities; 2) Increase immunization rates; 3) Increase the number of kids in low-income households that get assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services; and 4) Ensure access to comprehensive perinatal care for women; 5) Ensure preventative and comprehensive care (including long-term care services) for kids with special health care needs; 6) Enhance rehabilitation services for blind and disabled children under 16 years of age who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income; and 7) Facilitate the development of comprehensive, family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, coordinated systems of care for kids with special healthcare needs.

Title XIX

When you hear the words Title XIX, it’s a shortcut for saying Medicaid- which is the national health care program for low income folks.  Medicaid was created in 1965, through Title XIX of the Social Security Act (that’s why it’s called Title XIX).  Each state administers its own Medicaid program.  The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) monitors the state-run programs, matches state investments in the program (normally at about a 2:1 ratio- but more than that during certain times like now), and establishes requirements for service delivery, quality, funding, and eligibility standards.  In our state, the Medicaid program is run by AHCCCS.  Many of the services that we provide (most of our behavioral health services and children’s rehabilitative services) are run through the Title XIX state Medicare program (AHCCCS).

Title XXI

Title XXI is the shortcut way to describe the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  It’s a program administered by the fed’s, providing matching funds to states for health insurance for families with kids.  The program was designed to cover uninsured children in families with incomes that are pretty low, but too high to qualify for Medicaid.  CHIP was created in 1997, and was the largest expansion of health insurance coverage for kids since Medicaid began.  It’s called Title XXI because CHIP was formed under Title XXI of the Social Security Act.

In Arizona, the program is called KidsCare, which is administered by AHCCCS.  Some of the services that we provide run through the Title XXI program- like some of our behavioral health services for kids and some of the kids in our children’s rehabilitative services program.